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    Default Radio Shack

    Great article on the positive side of this chain and unfortunate economic status of it. I wonder how many of us on this forum would pedal our bikes to Radio Shack in our younger years to pick up electronic components for the doo-dad we were working on ? Does your projector have anything in it from the Shack ?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/o...915-story.html

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    shit I still buy stuff at radio shack all the time
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    I still do too. They still have decent quality connectors vs. chinese junk.
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    I remember the walls of ics and components the talking chip and the filters the robots..... all gone.

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    I still have some Realistic audio gear.
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    Man, I'm showing my age here, but I remember going to the Radio Shack and learning how to program in basic on a TRS-80 Model IV... Used to go up there during summers and play some of those cool games on a Color Computer!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kecked View Post
    I remember the walls of ics and components the talking chip and the filters the robots..... all gone.
    A lot of the ICs have moved in to the drawers... you still might be able to find a 74xx something in a pinch, or a 555!

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    I still like to see the l.e.d selection.
    Will there be three phase!!!!

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    my favorite chips there were
    ay3-8910
    spo-256-al2
    cts-256-al2
    sad1024 sad1024s sad1024 sad1024 sad1024

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    RS used to discontinue items just about the time I figured out how cool they were.

    The short upside to that was that sometimes I would find a box full of RS stuff at a hamfest for like 25 cents an item.

    I have 14 of those SAD1024 ICs!

    It's certainly a sign of the changing times. I remember when I was a kid, becoming a young adult meant buying a stereo system. Kinda' like buying a car. At one point in history, more than half of all stereo speakers sold in the USA were sold by RS. I never bought a pair. I was more interested in building my own speakers, and they had all the neat stuff to do that too.

    Now you go in there and 90% of the store is taken up with cell phone junk.
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